It was a business clear conversation. Refat Chubarov on results of the first official meeting with President Zelenskyy
On August 9, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, representatives of the Crimean Tatar people the Leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemilev, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov and the new elected MP Rustem Umerov met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov told about the meeting results and the main discussed issues to QHA media.
About the situation in temporarily occupied Crimea
We discussed three main clusters.
The first cluster is the situation in temporarily occupied Crimea: repression, prosecution of Crimean Tatars, violation of human rights against all people regardless of nationality. We have prepared a small analytics that indicates the intensification of repression. The President owns the situation and understands that the purpose of these repressions is forcing people who are not loyal to the occupation authorities.
We gave examples related to the fact that Russia absolutely ignores the decisions of the UN international court in the part obliging Russia to lift the ban on the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and on entry and exit Crimea for the leaders of the Mejlis, including me and Mustafa-aga.
Using an example of Edem Bekirov we showed that Russia absolutely ignores the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decisions. As known, a few months ago the ECHR made a decision obliging the Russian authorities to transfer Edem Bekirov to a civil hospital, but that was not done.
About strengthening the Ukrainian policy on the presence of missions of international organizations in Crimea
Based on the fact that we do not have a mechanism for direct intervention and direct influence on the occupiers behavior, we proposed some solutions to minimize repressions. In particular, a special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine has a mandate to visit any part of the territory of Ukraine, and here, there are no restrictions on the territory of Ukraine.
But the OSCE mission cannot enter Crimea as the occupiers do not allow it. Therefore, we believe that Ukraine should very clearly and persistently call on partners and demand at all international venues so that the OSCE mandate for a special monitoring mission can be fulfilled.
Also Ukraine hosts the UN human rights monitoring group that is also not allowed to visit Crimea. Russia does not comply with the resolutions of the General Assembly on the violation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. According to the resolution Russia is urged to allow the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Crimea. Therefore, we must be more persistent in our efforts to make these two missions regularly visit the territory of occupied Crimea.
About Ukrainian political prisoners and their families
We discussed the situation of political prisoners and their families and said that we need consolidated decisions on a level of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Occupied Territories, which would allow the State to provide sustainable financial assistance to political prisoners and their families. They need to pay for the lawyers, as well as other expenses related with visiting of loved ones who are being moved across Russia.
About the draft laws, Crimean Tatars status and Crimean Tatar Autonomy
The second cluster is about the draft laws that we proposed to include in the list of priority ones. Moreover, we proposed to act as the subject of these draft laws for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
They are about the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine in Chapter X on Crimea, adoption of a law regarding the status of the Crimean Tatar people and a draft legislation on indigenous peoples of Ukraine. According to the President, all these three draft laws will be accepted by the OP for studying and further work. We agreed together to introduce these draft laws for consideration by the newly elected parliament of Ukraine.
About the interaction between the Mejlis and the Office of the President
The third cluster concerns the coordination of interaction between the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and the Office of the President of Ukraine, individual ministries and departments in terms of mobilizing our international partners, as well as promoting Ukrainian interests in countries with a predominant Muslim population.
Here, we also found the understanding in that the combination of these efforts will only benefit all the purposes we pursue.
At the end of our meeting, we specified officials from the president’s inner circle, including his assistants acting as ministers and other officials. We agreed that now the interaction should be on an ongoing and effective basis.
About a figure of the future Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people
We continue to discuss this.
“We discussed the issues of interaction on which the restoration of the state sovereignty of Ukraine over the Crimean peninsula depends. The conversation was very sincere. Let us hope that all this will serve the interests of Ukraine and all its inhabitants, including those who live in the occupied territories. It was a business, understandable and clear conversation.”